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He sure was non-committal when answering questions about his current sexy messaging habits with the New York Daily News.
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner sure was non-committal when answering questions about his current sexy messaging habits with the New York Daily News. He told the tabloid more people may come forward while giving a vague answer when asked the million dollar question.
"You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends," Weiner told the Daily News' Denis Hamill for Tuesday's front page story, "but what we're talking about is over a year ago." That's what Weiner said when Hamil asked the question The New York Times' Magazine forgot: are you still sending sexy messages?" And Weiner didn't do the smart thing, which would have been to say "no" about a thousand times until Hamill asked him to stop. When asked if the scandal was over, if the last of his former sexy correspondence partners have come forward, Weiner said: "I have no idea. These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them. But who knows what they might do now."
Otherwise, the candidate was candid and open about his campaign while deflecting questions about the scandal's effect on his private life at home. Weiner was asked point blank if he thinks he can recover from the scandal. "I do," Weiner told the Daily News, "because I have a sense I'm different than the other people running. I'm running a different type of campaign. I believe at that end of the day New Yorkers want to make this decision for themselves. They are more interested in ideas that affect their lives than my private life."
Unfortunately for Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife, her relationship with the Clintons has become a central part of this scandal. The Clintons aren't pleased with Weiner's continued... existence, and they've made their grievances known. But when Weiner was asked about the Clintons' private wish that he disappear while campaigning last night, the candidate blew them off: "Look, there are a lot of people who are saying a lot of things about this campaign and that’s great. I mean, I’m most concerned about the residents of the five boroughs." Meanwhile, Huma was in Washington having dinner with Philippe Reines, who just-so-happens to be Hillary's spokesperson.
This post originally appeared on The Atlantic Wire.